A Wildcat softball snub on Player of the Year list?by Anthony Gimino on Apr. 07, 2010, under Sports
Arizona has two players who have been selected to the list of 25 finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award. Question is, why not three?
Freshman pitcher Kenzie Fowler and junior outfielder Brittany Lastrapes are on the list. Those are two no-brainer selections.
Fowler is 21-2 with a 0.83 ERA, and she threw her third five-inning no-hitter Wednesday in a doubleheader sweep of UTEP at Hillenbrand Stadium. Arizona won the first game 8-0 as Fowler struck out nine and walked two. The Cats won the second game 10-0, also in a mercy-rule five innings.
Second-ranked Arizona improved to 32-4.
Lastrapes, a 2009 All-American, is hitting .443 with 12 home runs and 43 RBIs from the leadoff spot. Her on-base percentage of .543 leads the team.
The Wildcat who could/should also be on the list is freshman third baseman Brigette Del Ponte, who entered the week leading the nation in RBIs per game (1.56 for 32 games). And that was before she homered in each game Wednesday, going a combined 4 of 5 with five runs batted in.
Del Ponte increased her RBI total to 55 — 1.62 per game. That’s in addition to hitting .419 and ranking in the national top 10 with 15 home runs.
It’s a strong list of 25 finalists, but you would think there would be room for one of the nation’s top sluggers.
The list of 10 finalists will be released May 12. The top 10 will be pared to three on May 26, with the winner being announced prior to the Women’s College World Series, which starts June 3 in Oklahoma City.